After my post yesterday where I berated monster movies along with current real life horror stories, I decided I needed to say more.
There is a trend in recent years to clean up Fairy Tales by removing the witches, giants, wolves and such or making them all happy and sweet and in love with children. I’m not for that kind of censorship.
We read children books in which many things are personified. We tell the Moon, “Goodnight,” we let bunnies and teapots talk to each other – all sorts of things. That understanding of stories can carry right on to Aesop’s Tales where the animals learn lessons. Fairy Tales can naturally follow right along. Children know they are make believe.
A few weeks ago I had grandchildren here. I pulled out a couple of chairs put a board over the seats for a bridge and we performed the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The kids were NOT scared of the Old Troll.
Children who have parents and teachers who read to them are not likely to ever be troubled by those kinds of stories. However I might not use even those stories with children who had be traumatized by abuse and had not had a loving person to read to them. I don’t know.
A tip that seems reasonable to me is to avoid 3-D scary movies for children under five. I think that would remove them from the “story book” plots they are used to.
So I am not against Fairy Tales, scary movies, Wicked Witch of the West, and animal’s talking. But I am against scaring children. I’ve told the following story before but it is a good example of what I’m talking about.
I was standing in a classroom with my hand on the shoulder and chest of a first grade girl explaining some kind of lesson to her. Suddenly my door flew open and in swooped a witch dressed in black hat, dress, and pointed shoes. Long black fingernails. I felt my student’s heart begin to pound with fear. That’s what I call Big People scaring Little People. I don’t like that at all.
I might be back for more along this line because I believe the stories we feed our children can have enormous spiritual effect. I’ll brew on that a bit. 😀
My thanks to unsplash.com for the image